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Dejan Antonic

Dejan Antonić is a football manager and former player.

He started his professional football playing in local club Red Star Belgrade.

In 1987, Antonić was called in the Yugoslavia Squad training section, and was able to win a cap. Yugoslavia won the first title that time on final against East Germany through penalty shootout. And they are remembered as a Yugoslav' "zlatna generacija" (Golden Generation). 


Antonić, a UEFA Pro License  holder, was appointed by Kitchee as head coach in 2005 and successfully led the team to two trophies in the league on his first year of duty, winning the Hong Kong League Cup and Hong Kong Senior Shield Cup. He led the team to defend their Hong Kong League Cup in 2006, during his second year of duty. He managed Kitchee towards qualification for 2008 Asia Cup.

He was elected as the 2006 Hong Kong Coach of the year, and also appointed to be a coach of Hong Kong League XI for the annual Carslberg Cup.


After leaving Kitchee, expansion club TSW Pegasus appointed Antonić as their new Deputy Team Manager & Youth Development.

Antonić has been appointed to coach the Hong Kong National Team as preparation for the 2011 Asian Cup Qualifiers. And with Hong Kong National Team, he won the 31st Guangdong Cup 2008. He has recently been nominated as a consultant of the Hong Kong Law Society Football Team.


Antonić left his post as head coach of Tuen Mun in the middle of the 2011-2012 Hong Kong First Division  season and joined Arema FC as their manager.Coaching Arema FC for only 6 months and he was voted by the soccer news website, Goal.com, as "The Best Coach 2011–2012 of the Indonesia Premier league as he brought Arema FC to go through to the quarter final of AFC Cup 2016 and make the country proud.

He signed a two-year contract with  Pelita Bandung Raya on 20 November 2013.On 9 September 2014, he got his contract extended until 2016.

Antonić returned to management on 31 October 2016, signing a 1.5 year contract at South China to replace Ricardo Rambo as manager. The club managed to finish 4th in the league and reached the finals of the 2016-2017 Hong Kong FA Cup. Following South China's decision to voluntarily relegate, the contracts of the entire coaching staff were terminated.

On 4 July 2017, Hong Kong Rangers Director Phillip Lee announced that Antonić would be the club's new manager, pending the signing of his contract.

On 28 March 2018, Borneo  announced that Antonić would be the club's new head coach after sacked their previous head coach.


Career

Playing Career

2003-2005 Kitchee SC

2002-2003 Sun Hei

2000-2002 Hong Kong Rangers

1998-2000 Instant Dict

1997-1998 Persema Malang

1996-1997 Persita Tangerang

1995-1996 Persebaya Surabaya

1994-1995 Obilic

1992-1994 Beveren

1990-1992 Napredak Krusevac

1989-1990 Spartak Subotica


Mangerial Career

2009-Present Madura United

2018-2019       Borneo

2017-2018       Hong Kong Rangers

2016-2017       South China

2015-2016       Persib Bandung

2013-2015       Pelita Bandung Raya

2013                     Pro Duta

2012-2013       Arema Indonesia

2011-2012       Tuen Mun

2010-2011       Tai Chung

2010                     Sha Tin

2009-2010       TSW Pegasus

2007-2009       Hong Kong

2005-2008       Kitchee